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TAS Country : April 7th 2011
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 8, 2011 News SPECS: A poster has details about Burdon's White Super Power truck. JENNIFER CRAWLEY Restorer keeps on truckin' Restorer keeps on truckin' LEON Burdon, racing car driver, taxi company owner and vintage truck restorer, is a self-taught jack of all trades. Leon, 67, grew up at Copping, where his father, Derek, carted wood from the Blue Tier near Buckland in a 1949 White Super Power truck. Leon has spent the past 10 years restoring a truck just like it. ''We used to go with him when we were little blokes,'' Leon said. ''On his first load out in the morning all the other blokes would sit on the back with all their gear for the day and on his last load back he'd bring them all home again. ''He always had a gun in the truck. If there were kangaroos, he'd stop and shoot them, throw them on the back and bring them home.'' Leon's search for a White Super Power has taken him around Australia. He got sidetracked by a Studebaker truck on a trip back from the West Coast. ''We struck this old thing in the scrub at Lachlan,'' Leon said. ''Dad said get that there.'' The 1945 Studebaker 6WD, an army truck used by the Americans, Australians and Russians in World War II, took six years to restore. ''I forgot about the logging truck,'' he said. ''When I got that one finished, a couple of blokes walked into the workshop and said there's one in Scottsdale.'' Leon drove up every street in Scottsdale looking it with no luck. It was the day of the AFL Grand Final and he decided to drop in at the local pub. ''It was chock-a-block,'' he said. ''I got on to some old codgers, one thing led to another and about five o'clock that afternoon we found it.'' On pest watch after ill winds KAROLIN MacGREGOR TASMANIAN vegetable growers are being urged to be on the lookout for a possible new insect pest that may have blown in from New Zealand. Growers across the state are being told to keep an eye out for the tomato/potato psyllid after strong easterly winds late last month. Conditions during the recent easterly weather event were similar to conditions in 2004 that saw the lettuce aphid blown into Tasmania from New Zealand. Department of Primary Indus- tries entomologist Lionel Hill said while there was a only a small risk that the psyllids have been blown to Tasmania, it was important growers and field officers were aware of the pest. ''The psyllid hasn't been found anywhere in Australia yet, so if it does come in here, it will be a national issue,'' he said. ''It arrived in New Zealand a few years ago and it has had quite a big impact on their potato industry.'' Native to America, the psyllids used strong winds to migrate hun- dred of kilometres from there to New Zealand. A very small insect, similar in size to an aphid, the psyllids feeds by sucking on plant sap. In New Zealand the pest has caused major issues for the potato industry because is carries the bacteria that causes the zebra stripe disease. Mr Hill said if the psyllid did arrive in Tasmania, it would be vital that is was picked up early for it to be successfully eradicated. Across the state, sticky traps are set in crops as part of a national project aimed at detecting the in- sects if they do arrive. Late last week the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association urged growers to keep an eye out for the psyllid. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said if it did arrive in Tasmania, the psyllid could have devastating consequences. ''The risk is real,'' she said. ''The lettuce aphid is thought to have reached Tasmanian from New Zea- land by the same method. We don't want the psyllid becoming a prob- lem here. It could wreak havoc on our crops, particularly potatoes.'' Anyone who suspects they may have detected a psyllid should call 1800 084 881 or email biosecurity. firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you need help to live independently at home? * Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are here to help. A Centre can: • Provide you with information on local aged & community care services available to suit your needs • Arrange help for carers to take a break from their caring role (respite) To contact your local Centre call Freecall 1800 052 222* To find your nearest shopfront visit www.commcarelink.health.gov.au For emergency respite outside business hours call Freecall 1800 059 059* Carer Advisory and Counselling Service For family carer support and counselling you can contact your state or territory Carers Association on 1800 242 636* adcorp11868
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